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Hartlepool United 1-1 Luton Town

Alan Sheehan's sublime free-kick earned Luton a draw at 10-man Hartlepool and moved the Hatters up to second in League Two.

The veteran defender curled home against Hartlepool, who saw Nicky Featherstone given a 55th-minute red card, to cancel out birthday boy Nathan Thomas' first-half opener for the hosts.

Luton enjoyed a bright start as Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu twice went close to opening the scoring.

But Pools grew into the contest and netted on the stroke of half-time when Thomas tapped into an empty net after Christian Walton parried Lewis Hawkins' effort into his path.

Craig Hignett's men almost doubled their advantage as Padraig Amond rattled the woodwork, and their frustration was only compounded by Featherstone being shown a straight red card for a lunge on Olly Lee.

The buoyed Hatters pressed forward, with Jack Marriott volleying over from close range before Toto Nsiala brilliantly deflected Mpanzu's effort onto the woodwork.

A leveller came when Sheehan expertly found the top corner from 20 yards, with Luton frustrated not to take all three points as Jack Marriott blazed a glorious chance over in stoppage time.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Carson
  • 19Richards
  • 22Nsiala
  • 33Donnelly
  • 3Carroll
  • 28Laurent
  • 4FeatherstoneBooked at 55mins
  • 18Hawkins
  • 15AlessandraSubstituted forDeverdicsat 73'minutes
  • 9AmondSubstituted forHeardmanat 84'minutes
  • 7ThomasSubstituted forFewsterat 87'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 10Paynter
  • 13Bartlett
  • 16Pollock
  • 17Deverdics
  • 29Martin
  • 32Fewster
  • 34Heardman

Luton

  • 1Walton
  • 36Justin
  • 39FamewoBooked at 67mins
  • 44Sheehan
  • 3Potts
  • 7GraySubstituted forVassellat 65'minutes
  • 8McGeehan
  • 19Lee
  • 17Ruddock
  • 14Marriott
  • 15GillieadBooked at 59minsSubstituted forCookat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2O'Donnell
  • 4Smith
  • 10Cook
  • 20Vassell
  • 23McQuoid
  • 31King
  • 37Musonda
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
3,533

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Luton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Luton Town 1.

Booking

Bradley Fewster (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dan Potts (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Fewster (Hartlepool United).

Attempt missed. Jack Marriott (Luton Town) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Olly Lee (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Jack Marriott (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Nicky Deverdics.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

Foul by Tom Heardman (Hartlepool United).

Alan Sheehan (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Bradley Fewster replaces Nathan Thomas.

Attempt missed. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Isaac Vassell (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Tom Heardman replaces Padraig Amond.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

Attempt saved. Jordan Cook (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Jordan Cook replaces Alex Gilliead.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Luton Town 1. Alan Sheehan (Luton Town) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Foul by Josh Laurent (Hartlepool United).

Alex Gilliead (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Nicky Deverdics replaces Lewis Alessandra.

Attempt missed. Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt saved. Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Jack Marriott (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Akin Famewo (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Akin Famewo (Luton Town).

Foul by Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United).

Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Isaac Vassell replaces Jake Gray.

Jordan Richards (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Gray (Luton Town).

Attempt saved. Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Jack Marriott (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Alex Gilliead (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Jordan Richards (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth10712137622
2Luton105231911817
3Doncaster105232013717
4Portsmouth105231710717
5Notts County105231714317
6Grimsby105141714316
7Carlisle103701411316
8Crewe104421414016
9Morecambe105141618-216
10Colchester104331614215
11Accrington104331413115
12Crawley104331213-115
13Blackpool103431511413
14Mansfield1034389-113
15Hartlepool102621418-412
16Leyton Orient103251214-211
17Barnet92521012-211
18Stevenage103251417-311
19Wycombe103251215-311
20Yeovil103161015-510
21Cambridge10235814-69
22Exeter10307815-79
23Cheltenham101541114-38
24Newport91351015-56
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